Anastasia Powell is a criminologist specialising in prevention, policy and practice reform addressing family and sexual violence.
Anastasia has over 18 years experience as a criminologist in the fields of prevention, policy and practice reform addressing family and sexual violence. She has previously worked in policy roles for the Department of Justice and Community Safety (State Government of Victoria), and has undertaken numerous commissioned research projects for government and non-government agencies to inform policy and practice development in both responses to, and prevention of, domestic and family violence. Since 2016, Anastasia has served on the board of directors of Our Watch, Australia's national organisation for the prevention of violence against women. She is also a member of the National Women's Safety Alliance, and a regular advisor to government and non-government agencies on gender-based violence.
Anastasia is the author or co-author of over 100 scholarly works including books such as: The Palgrave Handbook on Gendered Violence and Technology (2021), Digital Criminology (2018), and Sex, Power and Consent (2010). Her refereed articles are highly cited and feature in top-ranking journals in both the criminology and psychology disciplines. Anastasia's recent research has examined: sexual violence prevention practice; sector responses to both family and sexual violence; the intersections of gender-based violence and technology-facilitated abuse; and cyber crimes. Anastasia is a former Australian Research Council (ARC) Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) recipient for her research into community responses to crime and justice in online contexts, and has been a Chief Investigator on several research projects into technology-facilitated abuse and cyber crime funded by both the ARC and the Australian Institute of Criminology.
Anastasia was the founding program manager of the Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Family Violence at RMIT University. She convened meetings of the Industry Advisory Committee and led consultations with Victorian family violence sector representatives and Family Safety Victoria (State Government of Victoria) to inform the curriculum design and delivery of the Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Family Violence, which is a recognised qualification for family violence case workers.
Anastasia is a regular media contributor and is sought out for her expert commentary on issues of gender-based violence, gender equality, technology-facilitated abuse and cyber crimes. She has published over 40 commentary pieces in sources such as The Conversation, and has appeared in television, radio and print media interviews including for BBC World News London, ABC News Breakfast and The Project (Chanel 10).
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- Criminologist researching prevention, policy and practice reform addressing family and sexual violence
- Policy and program advisor in prevention and responses to family and sexual violence
- Lecturer in the Graduate Certificate in Domestic & Family Violence
- Media commentator on gender-based violence, gender equality, technology-facilitated abuse and cyber crimes
- PhD (Criminology), The University of Melbourne, 2008
- Bachelor of Arts (Hons, Criminology), The University of Melbourne, 2004
- Commissioned research for government departments such as: Office for Women (Victoria), Department of Social Services (Commonwealth)
- Commissioned research for non-government organisations such as: VicHealth, Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS), and Our Watch
- Former policy officer, Department of Justice & Community Safety (State Government of Victoria)
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Cama, E. (2022). Deepfakes and digitally altered imagery abuse: A cross-country exploration of an emerging form of image-based sexual abuse In: British Journal of Criminology, 62, 1341 - 1358
- Scott, A.,Mainwaring, C.,Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Henry, N. (2022). Image-Based Sexual Abuse among Australian Youths: The Experiences and Perspectives of Victims, Perpetrators and Bystanders In: Interpersonal Violence Against Children and Youth, Rowman & Littlefield, United States
- Heywood, W.,Myers, P.,Powell, A.,Meikle, G.,Nguyen, D. (2022). Report on the prevalence of sexual harassment and sexual assault among university students in 2021. In: Universities Australia Melbourne
- Nisbet, L.,Halse, G.,van Esbroek, E.,Heywood, W.,Powell, A.,Myers, P. (2022). Qualitative research on experiences of sexual harassment and sexual assault among university students in 2021. In: Universities Australia Melbourne
- Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Flynn, A.,McCook, S. (2022). Perpetration of Image-Based Sexual Abuse: Extent, Nature and Correlates in a Multi-Country Sample In: Journal of Interpersonal Violence, , 1 - 26
- Thorburn, J.,Powell, A.,Chambers, P. (2022). A world alone: Masculinities, humiliation and aggrieved entitlement on an incel forum In: British Journal of Criminology, , 1 - 17
- Powell, A.,Scott, A.,Flynn, A.,Mccook, S. (2022). A multi-country study of image-based sexual abuse: extent, relational nature and correlates of victimisation experiences In: Journal of Sexual Aggression, , 1 - 16
- Flynn, A.,Hindes, S.,Powell, A. (2022). Technology-facilitated abuse: Interviews with victims and survivors and perpetrators In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney
- Powell, A.,Flynn, A.,Hindes, S. (2022). Technology-facilitated abuse: National survey of Australian adults’ experiences In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney
- Flynn, A.,Powell, A.,Hindes, S. (2021). Technology-facilitated abuse: A survey of support services stakeholders In: Australia's National Research Organisation for Women's Safety (ANROWS) Sydney, Australia
3 PhD Current Supervisions4 PhD Completions
- Family violence and sexual harm: Principles for responding to victim survivors with co-occurring experience of family and sexual violence. Funded by: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing (Victoria Government) from (2022 to 2023)
- Technology-Facilitated Sexual Harassment: Perpetration, Responses and Prevention (Administered by Monash University). Funded by: ANROWS Sexual Harassment Research Program from (2022 to 2023)
- Responding to cybercrime crime: Perceptions and needs of Australian police and the general community (Administered by Queensland University of Technology). Funded by: Australian Institute of Criminology - Contract from (2018 to 2019)
- Revenge pornography: The implications for law reform. Funded by: 010-ARC Discovery Projects 2017 from (2017 to 2021)
- Crime and Justice by Social Media: Citizen engagements with justice online. Funded by: ARC Discovery Early Career Researcher Award (DECRA) 2016 from (2016 to 2019)